3D Systems has won the coveted Financial Times and ArcelorMittal ‘Boldness in Business’ Award recognizing companies, entrepreneurs and individuals who, through bold decisions, drive change, inspire innovation and deliver outstanding economic performance.

3D Systems invented the first 3D printing technology almost 30 years ago, changing the way people develop and manufacture their products. Through continuous innovation, 3D Systems’ content-to-print solutions transformed entire industries.

3D Systems has an exclusive new partner in Turkey - Al-mera. They cover the jewelry market and will lead with the ProJet 3510 CPX to help these artisans increase productivity and gain casting room efficiencies while creating beautiful, highly detailed jewelry.

The International Dental Show was held last week in Cologne. IDS is the world largest meeting place for decision-makers from dental practices, dental labs, the dental industry.  It hosts over 125,000 attendees from 149 countries and 2,058 exhibitors from 58 countries!  We showcased our printers and some great applications for dental at our booth.

For dental labs, the VisiJet Pearl on the 3510MP was a big hit!  Dental technicians could not believe they were looking at 3D printed models as they were almost indistinguishable from high quality plaster. Aside from the appearance the labs loved the accuracy, the detail fidelity and the fact that they could realize significant productivity gains with easy melt away wax supports. Another growing application attracting attention is distributed implant drill guide production.  The two solutions we had on display for custom drill guides were the class VI bio compatible VisiJet Clear on the ProJet 6000 and VisiJet Stoneplast on the ProJet 3510 MP.

A preview of a new software package called Galen 3D was also shown at our booth.  For doctors, the Galen 3D cloud based software brings an ease of use to creating color 3D printed models from DICOM data sets t he marketplace has never seen before!  Practices can print their own patient education and communication models at a low cost to doctors.

The new FaceScanner in the Sirona Galileo’s cone beam scanner was also very popular! People had their faces scanned in the Sirona booth and then came to the 3D Systems booth to have their heads printed as a custom USB memory stick holder.

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One of our Vice Presidents at 3D Systems, Rajeev Kulkarni, would always expose 3D printing technology to his two young sons, Rithik 8 and Rishi 10 years old. They were interested in how the technology works and creating all different kinds of toys and objects using the Cube 3D printer at home, and also visiting their father in the 3D Systems office. 

In September 2011, 3D Systems and Rajeev had just started developing the Cube 3D printer. At that time, Rajeev used to take the prototype home every weekend and give it to his sons - Rishi and Rithik to just watch them use it. He would then gather the notes based on their usage pattern and also have them write out their likes/dislikes and requirements. Then Rajeev would bring them back and share them with the team so that they could tweak the design based on kids using it. This process was several weeks long and helped the team at 3D Systems create the Cube. Both Rishi and Rithik loved looking at and learning about these machines that had the power to create almost any object they wanted.

(This photo was the first "requirements/feedback" that the boys had given him. Written on a notepad in pencil.) 
Rajeev would always encourage his sons to think outside the box and have a entrepreneurial mind; so this January, Rajeev and Rishi attended a local event called the Charlotte Startup Weekend, which consists of many business minded people pitching different entrepreneurial ideas for a startup company. They came prepared and Rishi pitched an idea for a company called Wiz Kids Draft, which would basically be a LinkedIn for students to help them make online profiles that different colleges could look at and help guide them to what qualities they would look for in a potential student. This would assist colleges in an early recruitment process in which they could give feedback to students and what activities and academic level they would be looking for.
After pitching his idea to over 100 adults in the group, he came in second place after spending all weekend developing his idea. At 10 years old, he is already ambitious and wants to become an entrepreneur in some sort of technology space. By exposing children to an interesting industry like 3D printing at an early age, they became enthusiastic and interested in learning about the science and technology behind it, which will probably influence them to what they want to become in the future.
Read more about this story on the Charlotte Observer website here.

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